CAROL TAYLOR

BROWN SUGAR WANDERLUST THE EX CHRONICLES AND INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS

PRAISE FOR
THE EX CHRONICLES

"It's a familiar premise—four 30-ish, New York City friends... navigating the perils of single life. Thankfully, Taylor makes it fresh again in her delicious debut novel."
— Publisher's Weekly



PRAISE FOR BROWN SUGAR

"Audaciously refreshing."
—Essence
"A stylish anthology."
—Publishers Weekly
"As smart as it is sexy."
—Honey





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Erotic Writing Q&A


MY LIFE AS AN EROTICA WRITER


1. How did you get into the field?

I’ve been in the writing business for over 16 years: As a book editor at Random House, then as an editorial consultant and a writer. My first book was BROWN SUGAR: A COLLECTION OF EROTIC BLACK FICTION published by Viking/​Penguin. It became a best seller that spawned a 4-book series. I then published WANDERLUST a travel themed erotic collection. The success of my books have made me a “sexpert,” the go-to person for all things erotic. My first novel, THE EX CHRONICLES was published to stellar reviews March 2010. I am working on the follow up that book.


2. Have you always thought of yourself as a sexually adventurous/​open person? Or does writing erotica come from a different place—-more of a cerebral one?

Before writing erotica, I wouldn’t have thought of myself as overly sexually adventurous, probably average. I’m willing though, to try anything, at least once. I’m a private person but in my writing I’m quite open. Writing in general is cerebral; that’s why writers are so internal. Writing erotica, or any fiction, comes from somewhere outside of yourself, or actually somewhere deeper inside. Ultimately, writing gives you the freedom to be anyone or do any thing.


3. Were you self-conscious initially to have others read your work? Or was it freeing?

Both actually. My erotic stories are extremely sexy and sexual, and because I write in the first person: “I” and “me”, instead of “her” or “you” ——it can seem like I’m writing about my life, in a sense I am. But half is fact and half is fiction. The reader has to guess which is which. Ultimately I’m a writer with a good imagination. Sometimes the reader forgets this and confuses me with my characters or with what I write. This has presented interesting situations with men I’m dating. When they find out what I write they can become insecure. I usually having to explain they’re stories, that I make them up.


4. How do you get inspiration? Do you brainstorm or collaborate with other writers?

I find it easier to write what I know. I use my own experiences then embellish them. This makes it easier to tell a story because I get the details right and it’s more believable. Whenever I’m stuck for an opening to a story, I start with my own experiences and then edit myself out to where there’s more fiction than fact. Writing from my experiences or things I know, helps my story and characters to seem more realistic, because they are.


5. Are any stories inspired from your real-life romps, or those of her friends?

Both, but strangely enough, reality is far stranger than fiction, especially when you live in New York. I use my experiences, and those of my friends. It makes it easier to start a story and easier to get the details right. I’ve written about going to Amsterdam, Paris, England, Jamaica and meeting great guys there. I’ve been to all those places and because of that I get the details of the cities and the people right. But half of what I write is fact and the other half is fiction. I never use real names but I often use real descriptions and situations. The rest, I make up.


6. How do you research for your stories to keep them current? You mentioned receiving sex toys—-do you try to incorporate new toys, positions, etc. in to your writing?

A lot of my stories come from my personal experiences coupled with research and current events. I always keep a journal of places I visit, and literature I’ve gathered: such as tourist information, magazines, and newspapers, even flyers. I’ve never written a personal piece about places I haven’t been to, or things I haven’t done. It just doesn’t ring true to me, and it’s a lot harder to write. I just embellish. Because of what I do I have a deep reservoir of experiences from which to draw from and I absolutely do. It makes my writing and my sex life richer and more satisfying.

SELECTED WORKS

New Four-Book Novella Series
Book 1 coming spring 2013, with a new book published every six months.
BellaOnline Interview Part 5
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and editing experience with BellaOnline.
BellaOnline Interview Part 4
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years of writing and editing experience with BellaOnline.
BellaOnline Interview Part 3
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and editing experience with BellaOnline.
BellaOnline Interview Part 2
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and editing experience with BellaOnline
BellaOnline Interview Part 1
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and publishing experience with BellaOnline.
Book Review
Read the review at BellaOnline http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174517.asp
Magazine Article
Society Column, Dwell Magazine 2001
Is there a crisis in black relationships? Despite millions of examples of loving couples, do black women and men still have negative perceptions of each other? If so, where did they come from and are they true?
TANGO MAGAZINE 2009
Interview
An Editor on Editing and Writing
The Life of an Erotica Writer
Excerpt
Bronx Biannual Literary Journal #2
Advice Column
Advice on Love and Lust
A novel
In a New York City rife with emotional landmines, four friends search for Mr. Right but often end up settling for Mr. Right Now.
Books
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2001 Gold Pen Award for Best Short Story Collection
The second book in the best-selling Brown Sugar series
The third book in the best-selling Brown Sugar series.
The fourth book in the best-selling erotic collection
Read an excerpt from the book
Short Stories
Uptown Magazine September 2005
Dwell Magazine April 2001
Oneworld Magazine Feb/Mar.2002
Oneworld Magazine Sept./October 2003